Every day, Oklahoma protective order courts are filled with individuals not represented by attorneys, unaware that statements they make in the protective order case could result in job loss, criminal charges, or a drastic negative change in their child custody and visitation rights. Your professional license, and your job, may be in jeopardy if a protective order is entered against you. Federal law prohibits protective order defendants from possessing a firearm or ammunition. State law imposes serious consequences upon the parental rights, including custody and visitation, of any parent who has a permanent protective order entered against them.
If a permanent protective order is granted, the defendant may have to pay all of the petitioner’s attorney fees and costs, not only in the protective order, but in a divorce or custody case as well. Protective order judges have no obligation to advise each defendant of all the potential consequences of a permanent protective order, but protective orders are serious matters involving allegations that can have life-changing consequences.
Reasons a Protective Order May Be Issued
Oklahoma law limits the reasons for which a person may seek a protective order. The person seeking relief must allege domestic abuse, stalking, harassment, or rape. There are other requirements for those who seek a protective order on the basis of domestic abuse or harassment.
Every trial lawyer at the Law Office of Aaron D. Bundy, PLC, has extensive courtroom trial experience in protective order cases. Our trial lawyers have successfully obtained dismissal of protective orders when the person seeking the protective order did not meet or fulfill all the legal requirements for a protective order. Our attorneys have persuaded judges to convert protective orders into less severe civil restraining orders. Each of our attorneys have successfully defended protective orders at trial, showing the judge through cross-examination of hostile witnesses that a protective order was not necessary.
We Can Help
If you or a loved one are involved in a protective order case, contact one of our attorneys by calling (918) 208-0129 for a confidential consultation about the situation. You can also contact us online.